Through the Wireless merit badge (now known as Radio merit badge), the Jamboree on the Air, and K2BSA at the national Scout jamboree, the Boy Scouts of America and the American Radio Relay League have a partnership that has spanned generations.
And late last month, the two organizations made their bond official.
That’s when BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca and ARRL President Kay Craigie signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Read the complete memorandum here (link opens PDF), or watch the video above for a summary of how this partnership affects you.
In the history of the BSA’s interaction with ARRL, the Scouting organization has awarded more than 140,000 Radio merit badges, hosted 53 Jamboree on the Air events, and allowed hundreds of thousands of Scouts to experience the wonder of amateur radio.
And that’s only the beginning.